Constantine's Bible Politics and the Making of the New Testament

ISBN-10: 0800637909
ISBN-13: 9780800637903
Edition: 2006
Authors: David L. Dungan
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Description: Most college and seminary courses on the New Testament include discussions of the process that gave shape to the New Testament. Now David Dungan re-examines the primary source for this history, the Ecclesiastical History of the fourth-century Bishop  More...

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Book details

List price: $18.00
Copyright year: 2006
Publisher: Augsburg Fortress, Publishers
Publication date: 10/27/2006
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 236
Size: 5.75" wide x 8.75" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.748
Language: English

Most college and seminary courses on the New Testament include discussions of the process that gave shape to the New Testament. Now David Dungan re-examines the primary source for this history, the Ecclesiastical History of the fourth-century Bishop Eusebius of Caesarea, in the light of Hellenistic political thought. He reaches startling new conclusions: that we usually use the term "canon" incorrectly; that the legal imposition of a "canon" or "rule" upon scripture was a fourth- and fifth-century phenomenon enforced with the power of the Roman imperial government; that the forces shaping the New Testament canon are much earlier than the second-century crisis occasioned by Marcion, and that they are political forces. Dungan discusses how the scripture selection process worked, book-by-book, as he examines the criteria used?and not used?to make these decisions. Finally he describes the consequences of the emperor Constantine's tremendous achievement in transforming orthodox, Catholic Christianity into imperial Christianity.

Preface
What a "Canon" of Scripture Is-and Is Not
The Greek Polis and the Demand for Accuracy
Greek Polis Ideology within Second Temple Judaism and Early Christianity
The Influence of Greek Philosophy Upon Early Christianity
Against Pagans and Heretics: Eusebius's Strategy in Defense of the Catholic Scriptures
An Emperor Intervenes: Constantine Reshapes Catholic Christianity and Its Scriptures
Epilogue
Timeline of Figures and Events Discussed in the Text
Notes
Select Bibliography
Index

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